• Twitter reaction to Lomu’s death

    What former and current rugby players had to say after the All Blacks legend passed away on Wednesday.

    JOOST VAN DER WESTHUIZEN
    @9Joost

    Difficult to write with eyes full of tears on my eye tracker. Thank you for EVERYTHING Jonah. RIP my dear friend!

    JOHN SMIT
    ‏@JohnSmit123

    Waking up to news of Jonah's passing is devastating.I loved watching him,playing against him & knowing him.My prayers are with his family.

    JONNY WILKINSON
    ‏@JonnyWilkinson

    I am so, so devastated to hear of the passing away of @JONAHTALILOMU The greatest superstar and just a fabulous human being. Deeply saddened

    DAN CARTER
    @DanCarter

    I still can't believe the sad news. Love & thoughts go out to Jonahs family #RIPJonah

    SONNY BILL WILLIAMS
    ‏@SonnyBWilliams

    Shocked, thoughts are with the Lomu family right now.

    THIERRY DUSAUTOIR
    @TitiDusautoir

    Rip Jonah…You inspired a generation of rugby players around the world. Thank you for so much ! @JONAHTALILOMU #greatman #legend

    ISRAEL FOLAU
    ‏@IzzyFolau

    Rest in peace to my brother Jonah Lomu. Going to miss you bro

    PIRI WEEPU
    @piriweepu

    Sad sad news.. The man who gave kiwis the desire to play for the All Blacks. Thank you @JONAHTALILOMU will miss you big guy! #RILTokoUso

    LWAZI MVOVO
    ‏@lwazimvovo

    We will never forget. You inspired a generation. #jonahlomu #legend

    SIMON SHAW
    @ShawseyShaw

    Definition an Icon: One who is the object of great attention and devotion; an idol. RIP @JONAHTALILOMU A game changer like no other.

    ANDRÉ SNYMAN
    ‏@RaptorsCoach

    Finding it hard to accept the passing of @JONAHTALILOMU What a servant to the game of rugby And what an inspiration to us all. #RIPJonah

    JAMES O'CONNOR
    ‏@JamesOConnor832

    Devastated the greatest ever has passed away! The worlds in mourning for such an amazing talent yet genuine & humble human. R.I.P Jonah Lomu

    GEORGE GREGAN
    ‏@GeorgeGregan

    Jonah Lomu R.I.P. 18/11/15. Thoughts & prayers to you and your family… #greatallblack #betterman

    TIM HORAN
    ‏@TimHoran12

    RIP Jonah Lomu. Feared by all, LOVED by ALL. To play against and with you was a huge honour. You put Rugby on the global stage. Prayers

    DANNY CIPRIANI
    ‏@DannyCipriani87

    RIP Jonah Lomu – devastating news! True legend of the game

    NEEMIA TIALATA
    ‏@NeemiaTialata

    Sad sad news Thank u for everything u did for rugby especially island kids growing up wanting to be an @AllBlacks @JONAHTALILOMU #RIPLomu

    SEAN FITZPATRICK
    ‏@frontrow92

    Our thoughts are with the @JONAHTALILOMU family tonight. A very special person. @AllBlacks

    DREW MITCHELL
    @drew_mitchell
    Say it isn't so!! @JONAHTALILOMU was & always will be the greatest winger of all time!! Rest well mate!!

    ISRAEL DAGG
    @izzy_dagg

    Was in mexico yesterday and people were speaking about @JONAHTALILOMU .. You made rugby what it Is today Jonah… Love to you n the family

    CORY JANE
    ‏@CoryJane1080

    1994 I was 11years old & saw my hero play for the All Blacks..A legend of the game & someone I wanted to be. #Jonah_Lomu #Can_Be_Only_One 11

    BRYAN HABANA
    @BryanHabana

    His on field fearlessness was matched by his off field humility. So sad to wake to the news of @JONAHTALILOMU's passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. It was a privilege to have met you, to have been inspired by you and to watch you make the biggest impact we have ever seen on the game we love so dearly #GameChanger #GlobalSuperstar #RIPJonahLomu (shared from Instagram)

    JOEL STRANSKY
    @stranners

    Deeply saddened to hear of @JONAHTALILOMU passing. Rugby's first true global icon/legend. A true gentleman & nice guy! #RIPJonah

    CORNÉ KRIGE
    @CorneKrige6

    Saluting a legend. R.I.P.  Jonah Lomu. #JonahLomu

    ROB LOUW
    @roblouw6

    Sad to hear of Jona Lomus death will we ever forget hes try at Newlands in RWC when he ran over Mike Catt rip Jona greatest ever

    FRANKIE HORN
    @HorneFrankie

    Sad day for Rugby…Rest in Peace big man. #jonahlomu #legendofthegame

    BRAAM VAN STRAATEN
    @BraamvStraaten1

    @JONAHTALILOMU A Legend in his own lifetime. Had the privilege to rub shoulder with the big man. Heart of Gold#RIPJONAH

    JAMES HASKELL
    @jameshaskell

    Really shocked to wake up and hear that the biggest and best rugby legend of all time @JONAHTALILOMU has passed away. RIP the big guy

    HOSEA GEAR
    @HEGear

    I don't have words as I wake to the sad news of losing a great person, a family man, a brother, an inspiration. Our condolences and love goes out to your family at this tough time. You'll be sadly missed big guy (shared from Instagram)

    QUADE COOPER
    @QuadeCooper

    Rest easy Jonah.. You've been an inspiration to so many during & after your playing career.. The reason I started playing rugby! #RIPJonah

    FRÉDÉRIC MICHALAK
    @michalakfred

    RIP Jonah, tu vas nous manquer mon frere (RIP Jonah, we will miss you my brother)

    LEWIS MOODY
    @LewisMoody7

    Can't believe the news that #JonahLomu has died. Such a sad day. He single handedly changed the game of rugby. Rugby's 1st global super star

    ZAC GUILFORD
    @zacguildford11

    Rest easy @JONAHTALILOMU . Changed the game of rugby by doing things no one could ever do. Prayers and thoughts are with his family. #11

    CHARLES PIUTAU
    ‏@CPiutau

    Shocked and sad to hear such news.looked up to him growing up and the G.O.A.T of the game.R.I.P Jonah Lomu #11 prayers go out to the family

    WILL CARLING
    ‏@willcarling

    So sad to hear that Jonah Lomu has died. Rugby's first global star, what a player and more important what a good guy #verysad

    PEDRIE WANNENBURG
    ‏@Pedrie6

    RIP Jonah you where one of the greatest players ever. Thoughts and prayers for the family.#AllBlacks #hero

    GIO APLON‏
    @1GioAplon

    Such sad news #JonahLomu the man who changed the game single handedly!RIP legend you'll never be forgotten.praying for his family!

    WILL GREENWOOD
    ‏@WillGreenwood

    #RIPJonah I will never forget that semi final in 1995. Watching one man change a game into a Global Sport in 80 minutes.

    JACQUES BURGER ‏
    @Nabasboer

    Rest peacefully Big Jonah. We have lost one of the greatest to have ever played our game  #JonahLomu #rugbylegend

    GEORGE NORTH ‏
    @George_North

    So sad to hear the passing of a legend! An inspiration to me and so many people. #RIPJonahLomu

    KOBUS WIESE ‏
    @4KobusWiese

    RIP Jonah Lomu, until we meet again.

    TANA UMAGA ‏
    @tanaumaga

    Luni laid to rest yesterday and the Big Guy gone too!! #Whatthehellshappening!!  #Stillindisbelief!! #Restinloveuso's! #Lovetothefamilies!

    GARETH AANSCOMBE ‏
    @Gareth_Anscombe

    Lucky enough to have met you on a handful of occasions. A true rugby icon and a legend of the game. Thanks for the memories @JONAHTALILOMU

    WAISAKE NAHOLO ‏
    @wnaholo

    Rest In Peace Jonah.  #RunItStraightKing

    JOE ROKOCOKO ‏
    @J_Rokocoko

    Sucks waking up to sad news, a hero who made myself & P.I boys dream/believe that we can compete in the world stage. R.I.P @JONAHTALILOMU

    GARETH THOMAS ‏
    @gareththomas14

    R.I.P @JONAHTALILOMU .Taken too soon , but your spirit will always live with us.A dear friend who woke the world up to rugby.xx

    SAM WARBURTON ‏
    @samwarburton

    Jonah Lomu was the first reason I wanted to play rugby. Inspiration and true legend. Very sad news. Thoughts with his family.

    ASHWIN WILLEMSE
    ‏@Ashwinwillemse

    One of the greatest rugby legends of all time! #RIPJonah

    BRIAN O'DRISCOLL ‏
    @BrianODriscoll

    Really awful news to wake up to this morning. Jonah was rugby's first real superstar. Thoughts are with his family.

    MA'A NONU ‏
    @maavelous

    Big guy put everyone else first before himself! Most humble&generous superstar to walk the earth

    JAMIE ROBERTS ‏
    @Jamiehuwroberts

    Such sad news. I Remember most schoolyard conversations were 'imagine having to tackle JonahLomu 1 vs 1! The man changed our sport. RIP GOAT

    ALUN-WYN JONES ‏
    @AlunWynJones

    Can't help but think where our game would be had @JONAHTALILOMU not burst on to the scene with professionalism in 1995!!! #thanks #RIPJonah

    DAVID CAMPESE ‏
    @Davidcampese11

    RIP the great @JONAHTALILOMU. First a mate and a great human family man and not a bad rugby player. Still in shock.

    TOMMASO ALLAN‏
    @Allan_Tommy

    Saddened by the passing away of a true legend and inspiration. You will be missed JL, one of the greatest ever. Thought and prayers go out to you and your family. RIP Jonah (shared from Instagram)

    DEAN MUMM
    @DeanMumm

    RIP Jonah Lomu. One man who inspired a generation of rugby players and an automatic selection in heavens first XV.  #11 #RIPJonah

    JAMES SMALL ‏
    @JamesTerenceSm1

    A privilege to be held in same breath.. RIP big man

    ANDRÉ JOUBERT ‏
    @15Jouba

    So sad to hear about Jono.What a legend and giant gentleman of rugby!!! My sincere condolences to Jono' family.

    Photo: Gabriel Bouys/AFP Photo

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